Westchester Resident Saluted
as Power Authority’s Black Achiever In Industry
April 1, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE PLAINS—A New York Power Authority (NYPA)
senior systems analyst and Ossining resident, Jackie Copeland, was among
those honored Thursday night at the Harlem YMCA’s 35th Annual National
Salute to Black Achievers in Industry (BAI) dinner at the Sheraton New
York Hotel & Towers in New York City.
“Jackie Copeland is well deserving of this honor
for the significant contributions she has made as one of the leaders of
our information technology group, which affects a broad area of the
Power Authority’s daily activities,” said Eugene W. Zeltmann, NYPA
president and chief executive officer, who attended the black-tie event.
“She has also been quite active in her community, helping to spearhead
efforts to encourage area students to pursue science and technology
careers, and through her past involvement in a national campaign to
promote childhood immunization. All of this attests to the dedication
and excellence Jackie brings to whatever she is doing, and the reason we
nominated her to be the Power Authority’s 2004 Black Achiever in
Zeltmann noted that Copeland was also honored at
Gov. George E. Pataki’s Tribute to African American Leaders in State
Service, at a Feb. 1 event in Albany, to kick off New York State’s
observance of African-American History Month.
A NYPA employee since 1998, Copeland was project
leader on development of new software, known as TRIP (Travel Reporting
Information Package), for the Power Authority’s business travel,
including trips by staff members to its generating plants and
transmission facilities around the state. She coordinated work of
several teams of IT analysts and programmers to adapt standard travel
reservation information for reports required by NYPA’s Travel Desk.
“This was a challenging project that called for
in-depth analysis for the design of a data collection and reporting
system, and understanding of the operations of the Power Authority
Travel Desk,” said Copeland. “I was honored to take on this assignment,
just as I’m honored by the recognition of being selected the Power
Authority’s Black Achiever of the Year.”
As a key member of NYPA’s IT group—part of its
Business Services business unit—Copeland supports a broad range of
informational needs for various functions. Her tasks involve developing
and analyzing programming systems, selecting staff members and vendors
to fulfill project needs, developing specifications, assisting with
planning and cost analysis, administering user and system testing, and
providing training and technical support.
Before joining NYPA, Copeland worked for the Sony
Corp. of America, where she held IT positions of increasing
responsibility, from 1988 through 1998.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science
and mathematics from Clark College in Atlanta, GA., and a master’s
degree in management science from the Lubin School of Business at Pace
Copeland is vice president of the Parent Advisory
Council for the Mercy College Science and Technology Program in Dobbs
Ferry—a position she has held since 2002, except during 2003, when she
filled in as acting president. Through her involvement with the advisory
council, she has worked on a campaign to encourage minority students in
area school districts to pursue careers in science, engineering and
technology. She also helped to promote the importance of childhood
immunization through a national program, HOPE for Kids.
Copeland and her husband, Chris, who is also a NYPA
employee, are raising two daughters, Marissa, 15, and Mykaela, 10. Both
girls were recognized by their schools in 2003 as Students of
Distinction. Last year, Marissa, now a high school sophomore, was
accepted into the National Honor Society.
In addition to sharing the parenting of two
daughters, the Copelands now have something else in common. That’s
because Chris, who works in the Power Authority’s Marketing and Economic
Development business unit, was NYPA’s Black Achiever in Industry in
The annual BAI event is an opportunity for numerous
corporations in New York City and other employers to honor staff members
who are making a difference to those organizations and the communities
they live in. The event is also intended to support the Harlem YMCA’s
youth-oriented activities, as well as college scholarships for promising
New York City students.